First Massachusetts Dispensary to Open ‘Soon’

At long last, the first Massachusetts dispensary is expected to open for business.

Exactly when is still up in the air, though.

Alternative Therapies Group in Salem, Massachusetts, is set to launch “soon,” though it has not yet set a specific date to begin serving customers, according to the Boston Globe.

The lack of a timeline is due to a new three-month waiver the company received on Friday from Gov. Charlie Baker’s office, which allows the dispensary to begin selling without completing required testing.

Testing labs in Massachusetts are not yet fully functioning, but the governor’s office granted the waiver because officials believe patients have waited long enough, according to the Globe.

“This waiver will allow industry laboratories a little more time to reach full operation while providing safe amounts of medical marijuana for qualifying patients who need it,” Baker said in a statement to the Globe.

The dispensary will open as soon as a final state inspection is completed. The inspection has not yet been scheduled.

Though Massachusetts legalized MMJ in 2012, the program’s rollout has been delayed for years due to lawsuits and administrative holdups.

3 comments on “First Massachusetts Dispensary to Open ‘Soon’
  1. J on

    Just another example of politicians in Mass. Thinking they are more intelligent than there voters. They run this corrupt state like a dictatorship not a democracy. They don’t want it, so they will throw every roadblock in the way. It’s time to start voting out these people, don’t be fooled they are already making millions off of applications and licenses. Let me guess there was a worldwide search to find the people to enact this program. Or was it just connected hacks that do what they want. Three years later, still nothing. Maybe it will take seven years like the honest gaming commission. It’s time the people of mass stop accepting this treatment. We the people deserve better than this.

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